MARSHALL - A Cottonwood man convicted of multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, the maximum sentence possible for first degree criminal sexual conduct. The sentence was in line with what Lyon County Attorney Rick Maes had requested at a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, but more severe than what defense attorneys had asked for.
Gerald Gould, 69, was sentenced in Lyon County District Court on Tuesday. On May 25, a jury found Gould guilty of sexually abusing two girls younger than 16 in Lyon County between 2000 and 2008. He was convicted of one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct.
Gould's victims were present in the courtroom during Tuesday's sentencing hearing, and victim impact statements from both of the girls and their mother were read prior to sentencing. All three statements said the girls and their family will continue to feel the psychological effects of sexual abuse and asked for the maximum penalty for Gould.
Maes also asked that Gould be given the maximum sentence for criminal sexual conduct.
"These young ladies have suffered, and will continue to suffer," Maes said.
Gould declined to speak at the sentencing.
Gould's attorney Pamela Neumann didn't request a specific sentence length but asked that Gould receive a lighter sentence than the maximum. Neumann said Gould didn't have a prior record, and his decision to exercise his right to a jury trial shouldn't be held against him during sentencing.
District Court Judge Michelle Dietrich gave Gould the maximum sentence possible for first degree criminal sexual conduct, 30 years in prison. Sexual abuse offenses, especially offenses against children, "are some of the most serious offenses that come to this court," Dietrich said.
Gould received a 30-year prison sentence, the maximum penalty for first degree criminal sexual conduct. He also received concurrent sentences for three counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct.
A related count of second degree criminal sexual conduct was included in the 30-year sentence. For the three remaining counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct, Gould also received concurrent sentences of four years, 90 months and 125 months in prison. Gould would need to register as a sex offender as a condition of sentencing, Dietrich said.